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Gawker Offers Large Sum of Money for Identity of Person Who Transmitted HIV to Magic Johnson

Gawker is offering a payday for information they feel is missing from PBS's Frontline documentary, AIDS in Black America: the identify the person who transmitted HIV to Magic Johnson.

Writes AJ Daulerio:

Magic_johnsonAbout three years ago, while I was editor at Deadspin, there was talk of a Hollywood Babylon-level conspiracy that was making the rounds in the LA nightlife scene. The story went that Magic, like most of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, was caught up in so many orgiastic LA house parties and had so many random groupie f**k-buddies that tracking down Magic's female Patient Zero would be almost impossible. But then, another source said that Magic's ex-teammate, Norm Nixon, had started floating a different scenario: that Magic most likely contracted HIV during an infamous sex party at Eddie Murphy's mansion, where often times, transexual hookers were involved.

Obviously, Murphy's transsexual, uhm, "interests" were already publicized after his embarrassing pull-over incident in 1997. Our source pressed a little bit and never tracked down Nixon, but said he had other people willing to verify Magic's non-female proclivities on the record. The source would only do so for a large sum of money that was too expensive for Gawker Media, let alone Deadspin.

The female-to-male HIV statistics from that time suggest even with Magic's super-sized sexual prowess, he was still in a very, very small percentage...

...If anyone has any more information about who gave Magic Johnson HIV, please feel free to contact us. I think we can afford to pay more money for this now.

So much for the new age of 'quiet' outing.

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  1. How dreadful. What a morally bankrupt, utterly insensitive, and ultimately banal endeavor.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 12, 2012 8:22:42 AM

  2. As if I needed reminding why I stopped reading Gawker.
    I can think of a few writers there who should be embarrassed to be associated with it.

    Posted by: Abie | Jul 12, 2012 8:33:56 AM

  3. WHY?!!??!?!? I'm sorry but that is shameless and completely for attention.

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 12, 2012 8:47:57 AM

  4. What the hell happened to Gawker? They were never Pulitzer material to begin with, but at least they used to be, ya know, not an epic embarrassment.

    A few weeks ago they had a column titled "Exercise Machines are for Cripples."

    Posted by: endo | Jul 12, 2012 8:57:06 AM

  5. wow... that is low

    Posted by: scylla | Jul 12, 2012 9:07:10 AM

  6. because finding out who gave Magic HIV will solve the AIDS crisis in Black America.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 12, 2012 9:07:33 AM

  7. The effort put in to knocking people down is just plain sad.

    Posted by: Ty | Jul 12, 2012 9:07:38 AM

  8. "What the hell happened to Gawker? They were never Pulitzer material to begin with, but at least they used to be, ya know, not an epic embarrassment."

    I always thought they struck a balance between toothless commentary and being needlessly venomous. Lately, there seems to have been a qualitative drop, accompanied by an increased antipathy towards every subject they cover.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 12, 2012 9:09:06 AM

  9. I agree, this is very crass. Like, way over the line crass.

    Is who gave Paris Hilton herpes next?

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 12, 2012 9:19:50 AM

  10. It's all of Gawker media. Jezabel is an almost sexist blog against women, Kotaku is firmly in a few pockets and puts out CRAZY biased reviews. Deadspin is just gawker lite...

    They are the entitled, spoiled, douchy people that they once were made famous for vilifying.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 12, 2012 9:31:15 AM

  11. Scummy. What's the point? Nick, the founder of Gawker, contacted me once trying to get me to identify someone who I'd mentioned dating on this very site. It's worse than paparazzi.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 12, 2012 9:39:17 AM

  12. Isn't this illegal? Revealing the HIV status of the individual that transmitted to Johnson. Unless that person steps forward themselves. Either way I smell a lawsuit.

    Posted by: Chuck | Jul 12, 2012 9:39:31 AM

  13. Talk about crossing the line, even for Gawker's standards. Damn.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 12, 2012 9:47:50 AM

  14. Talk about crossing the line, even for Gawker's standards. Damn.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 12, 2012 9:47:51 AM

  15. Actually that weekend guy that frequently misreports things here works for gawker. that makes a lot of sense.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 12, 2012 10:02:59 AM

  16. "Is who gave Paris Hilton herpes next?"

    Wait, I actually think that would be pretty funny. LOL

    Posted by: endo | Jul 12, 2012 10:11:51 AM

  17. Very bad taste. Gawker has crossed the line. I wouldn't put it past a British tabloid or the Inquirer though.

    From a statistical and scientific standpoint though, it's unlikely Johnson got HIV from a female.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 12, 2012 10:12:21 AM

  18. It's all about the page views. Nick Denton seems to have turned Gawker into an electronic tabloid in an effort to make it pay.

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Jul 12, 2012 10:13:45 AM

  19. This is just disgraceful - and in the end, why does it matter if he got it from a female or transexual. The way the article treats transexuals is very creepy - like they are some sort of sick fetish that only weirdos want to sleep with. Who cares - Magic Johnson still has HIV, which is a very serious disease no matter what people think.

    Posted by: KP | Jul 12, 2012 10:18:01 AM

  20. Why is this on Towleroad? Why are you giving Gawker free publicity?

    Posted by: busytimmy | Jul 12, 2012 10:28:58 AM

  21. Gawker has become quite the hotbed for anti-gay commenters and articles. I was reading a piece written by one its writers and was shocked to see the casual use of the word "faggot". There was no real reason for the usage, and no one seemed to care. Would they use the "n" word so breezily? Needless to say, i will never wallow in the filth at Gawker again, which is a good thing because their format and technical problems are legendary. Horrible people, just horrible.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 12, 2012 10:33:29 AM

  22. This was the purple polka dotted elephant in the room noone talked about. He caught it from having sex with a guy, or tranny maybe. You don't catch it from topping, I should know. If u were able to catch it that way I would have it. Before u slam me, go find a true total top that has it or even go ask one.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 12, 2012 10:48:44 AM

  23. Obscene.

    Posted by: Jon Mitchell | Jul 12, 2012 10:49:53 AM

  24. On the one hand, I do think it's important to challenge the narrative if Magic is lying in order to preserve his straight image. (I'd always heard he was connected to the late Jermaine "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" Stewart in some way.)

    However, to offer a reward for who gave him HIV is beyond gross. COME ON!

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 12, 2012 10:50:55 AM

  25. Never reading Gawker again. Not that I've ever read it much to begin with. HIV is a private medical condition and NOBODY has any business "outing" whether or not you are HIV positive.. Disgusting. Isn't this illegal? Can someone sue Gawker for this?

    Posted by: Lucas | Jul 12, 2012 11:08:05 AM

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